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Maharashtra assembly special session today to ratify GST bill
The Maharashtra legislative assembly will have a special sitting on Monday to consider ratification of the goods and services tax (GST) constitutional amendment bill passed by the Parliament.
In the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena alliance has a majority of 185 seats. With the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in favour of GST, the state legislature is set to ratify the bill unanimously.
‘Mann Ki Baat’: Narendra Modi stresses on sovereign and economic unity
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed on India’s sovereign and economic unity in his monthly radio address Mann Ki Baat.
Modi said that all political parties joined hands on GST to strengthen the economic unity of the nation and on Kashmir for the sovereign unity of the country.
Expect 8% GDP growth in FY17 on back of good monsoon: Shaktikanta Das
India is expected to clock a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of nearly 8% this fiscal year on the back of good monsoon rains, economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das said on 27 August. “Last year, we achieved 7.6% growth on the back of failure of two monsoons. This year monsoon rains have been good.”
Rajnath Singh may lead all-party team to Kashmir on 3 September
Home minister Rajnath Singh is likely to lead an all-party delegation which will visit Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on 3 September even as the state continues to be on edge. As unrest in the Kashmir valley continued for the 51st consecutive day on Sunday, the home minister reviewed the situation with top BJP and government functionaries.
Bengal dropping GST talk may hit Mamata-PM ties
The GST ratification in the West Bengal assembly scheduled for Monday was dropped in an unusual move by the Trinamool Congress government, marking a new low in Modi-Mamata ties. While the government didn’t offer any reason for the deferment, Trinamool Congress sources confirmed that the instruction came from chief minister Mamata Banerjee who wanted the legislative process for ratification of the GST bill in the assembly to be put on the backburner, at least for the time being.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray slams GST
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray on Sunday spoke out against the implementation of the GST regime, claiming it was an attempt to foist central rule on institutions such as the BMC.
“The issue with GST is how should money be collected and distributed. The ideal way would be to allow corporations to collect money, who would send it to the state and then the Centre. However, now everything is being centralised, with all powers with the Centre. If these corporations do not get money from the Centre on time, they will collapse,” Thackeray said during a press conference in Thane, where he had gone to meet members of Govinda mandals who had flouted Supreme Court norms on dahi handi.
DMK protest against dam on 3 September
DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday announced that his party will hold a massive demonstration in Coimbatore on 3 September to insist that the Centre must not grant permission to the Kerala government for building a dam across the Siruvani river.
In a statement, he said three districts in Tamil Nadu would turn into a desert if the Centre granted permission for the dam.